With the 15th pick in the 2020 NFL draft, the Denver Broncos select Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama. This draft has proven to be crazy in a way that not many people expected. There were no trades made until the 49ers were on the Clock at 13. They traded back just one spot with the Buccaneers. The ghost of Al Davis took over Mike Mayock at number 12 and drafted the first WR in this class in Henry Ruggs. The Broncos ended up with a choice between Jerry Jeudy and CeeDee Lamb, and choose Jeudy.
As a junior, Jeudy won the Biletnikoff Award at the age of 20, in 2018. He was also a consensus All American in the same year. In his career at Alabama, he amassed 2,742 receiving yards and 26 receiving TDs. Jeudy is widely regarded as the best route runner in this class and adds a great set of skills to the Broncos offense. There has been some concern about a knee injury Jeudy had in 2018, but he never missed any practice or games and is 100% healthy.
What does this mean for the Broncos offense?
Jeudy is about as good of a complement to Courtland Sutton as you could get. Jeudy’s ability to separate makes him an elite receiving threat over the middle of the field and towards the sideline. Jeudy will also provide the Broncos offense with some much needed help on third down. He could come into this offense and catch 60 balls his rookie year. Separation ability is the hardest to refine at the pro level, and having someone with his expertise in route running could provide immediate impact. Pat Shurmur, the new Broncos offensive coordinator, Used Three receiver formations 75 percent of the time in 2019 with the Giants. Expect the Broncos to have Jeudy and Sutton on the field the majority of the time.
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